|What Are Minerals?
Minerals are the building blocks of our society. We use items made with them every day.
Fluorescent Minerals glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.
Find Minerals and Gems Dozens of sites where you can dig and keep what you find.
Mineral Identification Chart Printable mineral ID chart by Art Crossman in MS Excel format.
Mohs Hardness Scale is a set of reference minerals used for classroom hardness testing.
||Uses of Gold
Gold has unique properties that make it one of the most useful minerals.
Kyanite a metamorphic mineral that most often forms from clay-rich sedimentary rocks.
Quartz is the most abundant mineral in the crust. It has many useful properties.
|Diamonds from Coal?
Diamonds Do Not Form From Coal That is one of the biggest misconceptions in science.
United States Gemstones Small mines in the U.S. produce a diversity of gemstones.
||Diamond: The Mineral
Diamond is a mineral with unique properties and many gem and industrial uses!
Topaz is a mineral best known as a durable gemstone and its use in Mohs Hardness Scale.
|Is Water a Mineral?
Is Water a Mineral? Comparing the properties of water with the definition of a mineral.
||The Acid Test
The Acid Test Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals.
Calcite is a carbonate mineral with industrial, agricultural, medical and many other uses.
Minerals in Colored Glass - Minerals are what produce the color in colored glass.
Corundum is the third hardest mineral. It is also the mineral of ruby and sapphire.
||Tucson Mineral Show
Tucson Gem & Mineral Show Photos from the largest gem and mineral show.
Herkimer Diamonds Doubly-terminated quartz crystals used as specimens and gems.
Garnet is best known as a red gemstone. It occurs in any color and has many industrial uses.
Rhodochrosite : a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone.
||Rare Earth Elements
Rare Earth Elements are used in cell phones, DVDs, batteries, magnets & many other products.
Rhodonite is a pink manganese silicate used as a gemstone, an ornamental stone and an ore.
Spodumene is a pegmatite mineral, an ore of lithium and sometimes a gemstone.
|Fireworks & Minerals
The Science of Fireworks Their shapes and colors are produced through chemistry, physics & art.
Olivine Rain Spitzer Telescope discovered a rain of olivine crystals on protostar HOPS-68.
||Denver Mineral Show
Denver Gem and Mineral Show Photos and comments about this incredible annual show.
||Uses of Silver
Uses of Silver Most people think of jewelry and coins, but silver\'s primary use is industrial.
Abandoned Mine Accidents take 20 to 30 lives per year. Many can be prevented with education.
Triboluminescence is flash produced when a mineral is rubbed, scratched or broken.